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Kate Battle

Craft and design
Craft and design

Presentation


Kate Battle has been involved in book arts and education since 1995. She studied photography and art history at Concordia University and bookbinding with Louise Genest and Nicole Billard. She has taken pop-up paper engineering workshops in Toronto and Vancouver. The artist also has a B.A. from McGill and a TESL certificate. While teaching in Japan, she was introduced to Japanese traditional book and paper arts. Her artist books have been exhibited in various venues including galleries, libraries and literary festivals. Her commissioned work includes pop-ups, poetry chapbooks and book props for theatre and film. ln 2003, the artist apprenticed with Pierre-S. Tremblay and has since been doing bookbinding with children in elementary schools, libraries and art centres.

Proposed approach and type of activities



Books are things people buy but rarely make. Kate’s first experience making a book was magical and served as her entry point into the world of book arts. Her artist books range from traditional bindings to sculptural book-objects. The artist draws inspiration from historical book structures: from 4th-century Egyptian bindings and medieval pocket books to hornbooks and Victorian toys. She sometimes integrates elements of math and science such as flexagons and magnets. ln her artist books, Kate combines texts resulting from collaborations with writers or poets with her own photos or archival images. Surprise, wonder, secret codes, languages and social commentary are recurring elements in her work. Her approach to creativity is holistic; she sees the finished product as one small part of the process.

Workshop No. 1

Workshop title: The Hardcover Book

End result: Each student will have an 8½" × 11" book that he/she created from start to finish—and a huge sense of pride and accomplishment. This long-term project is divided into three parts:

1. Presentation (approximately one hour)

The artist visits the school and gives a presentation to motivate students and give them ideas by showing copies of books made by other children. Students also participate in brief activities that introduce book history or terminology, and the class makes a quick sample book. The artist also delivers the specialized paper for covers and endpapers.

2. Production of Content (minimum 2 months – the artist can be contacted by email)

According to the teacher’s preferences and curricular objectives, students create the content of the books. This involves writing, editing, designing and illustrating. Content can range from individual stories to science or history projects to a collection of the student’s work.

3. Bookbinding Workshop (one full day per class)

With guidance from the artist, the children use authentic tools and equipment to bind their own books. Working in small groups, all students complete the four steps: collating, attaching the endpapers, creating the cover and casing in.

Workshop No. 2

Workshop title: Paper Is Magic – A Mountain of Maquettes

End result: Each student will have a collection of maquettes (samples) of various pop-up structures, numbered and stored in an envelope for future class projects. This project is divided into three parts.

1. Letter

At least two weeks before the workshop, the artist will send a poster-size letter to the class. The purpose is to spark interest and introduce a few simple techniques the students can practice prior to the workshop. These could include professional tips for scoring, folding, measuring or cutting.

2. Workshop – a) 2 classes, 2 hours each; b) 3 classes, 1 hour each

With dozens of mechanisms to choose from, the artist begins at a level of difficulty appropriate for the students and guides them through a progression of pop-up and movable structures. These can include basic parallel folds and expanding pages, pivots, v-folds and pull-tabs. Optional: Towards the end of the workshop, each student chooses his/her favourite pop-up and adds illustrations to make it come alive.

3. Post-workshop

Throughout the rest of the school year, the teacher can select pop-ups to accompany work in various subject areas or to be used in cards for special occasions.

Workshop No. 3

Workshop Title: Paper Is Magic – A Super Pop-up

End result: Each student will have an impressive pop-up mounted on quality backing board. A story or other text can be included. The kind of pop-up chosen depends on the grade level and the interests of the class. This project is divided into three parts:

1. Letter

At least two weeks before the workshop, the artist will send a package that includes a poster-size letter to the class and specialized paper for the pop-ups. The letter serves to spark interest, generate ideas and introduce a few simple techniques students can practice prior to the workshop. These could include professional tips for scoring, folding, measuring or cutting.

2. Illustration and Text

According to the teacher’s preferences and curricular objectives students create a drawing on the paper provided and, if desired, a story or other text to accompany it.

3. Workshop – a) 2 classes, 2 hours each; b) 1 class, multiple pop-ups, full day

After a quick review of techniques, the students cut out their drawings and, with help, fold them into a structure of 30 pop-ups. The pop-ups and text are mounted onto the backing board and are ready to display. If time permits, additional pop-up structures can be taught.


Special conditions

Workshop No. 1 (The Hardcover Book)

$2.50 per student for specialized paper (for covers and endpapers), book board, glue and bookbinding tape. The school supplies a roll of laminating film and regular 8½" × 11" paper.

Workshop No. 2 (Paper Is Magic – A Mountain of Maquettes)

$1.00 per student for specialized paper and glue.

Workshop no. 3 (Paper Is Magic – A Super Pop-up)

$1.00 per student for specialized paper, card stock and glue.


For information


Phone : 514 270-8833
Email : katebattle@mac.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

No

Levels

Kindergarten, Primary 1, Primary 2, Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6

Available in

In every regions

Other language(s)

French, German, Spanish, ESL

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